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Money

Do you know any young entrepreneurs or history buffs who are curious about the history of our currency? We've gathered up a great collection of books, activities, apps, and websites for learning all about financial literacy and money.

Try pairing fiction with nonfiction books and exploring different genres (like poetry and biographies) and formats (like graphic novels and audio books). You'll be creating your own "text sets" — collections of texts focused on a specific topic, such as money and financial literacy. Reading widely in this way helps children build background knowledge, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

Money

Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Bunny Money

By: Rosemary Wells

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Bunny siblings, Max and Ruby, want to get their grandmother the perfect present. Ruby's full wallet...

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Earn It!

By: Cinders MCleod

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Carrots are money in Bunnyland. Bun, a young rabbit, earns carrots for helping her mother with...

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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

By: Simms Taback

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

When Joseph's overcoat becomes "old and worn," he snips off the patches and turns it into a jacket...

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Lemonade in Winter

By: Emily Jenkins

Age Level: 3-6 years old

An entrepreneurial sister and her brother decide to make and sell lemonade on a snowy winter day....

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Money Madness

By: David Adler

Age Level: 3-6 years old

What's all this madness about money? Long ago, people traded rocks or sheep for the items they...

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One Proud Penny

By: Randy Siegel

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The humble and sometimes abused copper penny tells its own story in this humorous combination of...

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Save It!

By: Cinders MCleod

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

A little bunny learns about the power and satisfaction that come with saving money. Honey earns...

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Spend It!

By: Cinders MCleod

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

A charming introduction to simple money concepts in which a bunny learns he can't buy everything...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday

By: Judith Viorst

Age Level: 6-9 years old

It's not burning a hole in his pocket, but Alexander can't seem to save the money his grandparents...

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Follow the Money!

By: Loreen Leedy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The George in this adventure about currency is having a very curious day! After being freshly...

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If You Made a Million

If You Made a Million

By: David M. Schwartz

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Concept Book

Have you ever wanted to make a million dollars? Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician is...

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Lemonade for Sale

By: Stuart Murphy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Four best friends start a lemonade business and make a bar graph to chart their growing sales....

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Money Math: Addition and Subtraction

By: David A. Adler

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Cartoon versions of American presidents guide children through this lively introduction to...

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Mulani Moneybags Starts a Business

Mulani Moneybags Starts a Business

By: Kelly Wallace, Mulani Ellington

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Nine-year-old Mulani Moneybags is inspired after learning about entrepreneurship and decides to...

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One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference

By: Kate Smith Milway

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

This fictionalized story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana, who changes his world with a small loan and...

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Sam and the Lucky Money

By: Karen Chinn

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

During Chinese New Year, a young boy encounters a homeless person and discovers that no gift is...

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Double Fudge

By: Judy Blume

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Money is Fudge's new obsession. From singing about it to making his own "Fudge Bucks,"Peter Hatcher...

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Finance 101 for Kids

Finance 101 for Kids

By: Walter Andal

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Concept Book

One of the most important lessons that you can teach your kids is how to handle their money. In...

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Grandpa's Fortune Fables: Fun Stories to Teach Kids About Money

Grandpa’s Fortune Fables: Fun Stories to Teach Kids About Money

By: Will Rainey

Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Grandpa’s adventures to the faraway island of Pucha-Pucha helped him to see money like seeds....

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Lawn Boy

By: Gary Paulson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Learn the beauty of capitalism along with a lawnmower riding preteen. Rich in laughter, this quick...

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Mr. Chickee's Funny Money

By: Christopher Paul Curtis

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Nine-year-old Steven has a quadrillion-dollar bill. Agent Fondoo and the U.S. Treasury Department...

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Rare Beasts

By: Charles Ogden

Age Level: 9-12 years old

To bankroll their future pranks, parentless twins Edgar and Ellen devise an unusual moneymaking...

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The Everything Kids' Money Book

The Everything Kids’ Money Book

By: Brette Sember

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Concept Book

Saving money isn’t about a piggy bank anymore. Today’s kids are investing money, starting their...

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The History of Money: From Bartering to Banking

By: Martin Jenkins

Age Level: 9-12 years old

With humorous watercolors, the development of money from pre-historic times to the present is...

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The Lemonade War

The Lemonade War

By: Jacqueline Davies

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

With just five days left of summer vacation, Evan and Jessie launch an all-out war to see who...

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The Story of Money

By: Betsy Maestro

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Nonfiction

Get a great overview of the history of money including early trade and barter, the creation of...

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Twenty-Two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank

By: Paula Yoo

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Surrounded by poverty as a child in Bangladesh, Muhammad Yunus was determined to help.He studied...

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